Yankees’ Brian Cashman knows coronavirus could change MLB’s blueprint

Having a blueprint is paramount to any project, but like anything else MLB’s plan to complete a 60-game schedule and dive into a postseason has colossal hurdles.

“That is the intent and we are about to find out,’’ Yankees GM Brian Cashman said Tuesday on a conference call when asked about executing the plan. “It’s a very extensive document, all designed to put us in the best position to find success and have success. Like America and the rest of the world, the effort is to get back to something as close to where you had been prior as soon as you possibly can. And do so with safety and limitations and we are going to try that. I can’t predict how it is going to play out but we look forward to trying.’’

The early steps to get ready for a July 23 Opening Day game against the defending World Series champion Nationals in Washington have been testing players and staff for the coronavirus at Yankee Stadium this week. Cashman said the earliest the Yankees would hold the first full workout would be Friday and the latest on Saturday.

There could be a small group working out Friday and that possibly could include pitchers Gerrit Cole and Adam Ottavino who have been throwing bullpen sessions at Yankee Stadium for a few weeks.

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Brian CashmanN.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

“I do not expect all our players to be here because some of them have more challenges than others in terms of where they are coming from,’’ Cashman said. “Departures from certain countries are more easy than others. So people’s arrivals are staggered and their intake testing staggered and that doesn’t even involved anybody that obviously might become COVID. In terms of a full complement of a roster it is to be determined.’’

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Cashman, who can’t identify players who have or will test positive for COVID-19 per MLB rules, said people in the organization have tested positive. The Post reported on June 20 four members of the organization tested positive in Tampa. If a player isn’t available, Cashman said, “We might not be able to say why. That’s my understanding as of right now. It’s an emerging situation.’’

Source: New York Post

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